25 Gory And Bloody Facts About the Real Dracula

Vlad III, also known as Vlad Tepes (the Impaler), or just Dracula, was a three-time Voivode (ruler) of Wallachia, ruling mainly from 1456 to 1462, the period of the incipient Ottoman conquest of the Balkans. He is considered a folklore hero in many parts of Eastern Europe for his bloody battles to protect Orthodox Christianity from the invading Ottomans. As the cognomen “the Impaler” suggests, his practice of impaling his Turkish enemies is part of his reputation, while his lust for blood would make him, hundreds of years after his death, one of the most popular figures in pop culture history. Count Dracula in Bram Stoker’s famous 1897 novel was inspired by Vlad’s patronymic and reputation, while every film, TV show, literary work, comic book, or video game that has portrayed vampires has been inspired by him in one way or another. Of course, Dracula didn’t go out only at night to find innocent victims to drain of their blood as movies usually depict a vampire doing, but historical sources show us that Vlad did indeed have a taste for blood. After he impaled his enemies, he would dip bread into buckets of their blood and eat it. But if that’s the only thing you know about Dracula—the real man behind the myth—then get ready, because you are about to learn 25 Gory And Bloody Facts About the Real Dracula.

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It is believed Dracula was married twice. His first wife’s identity is unknown, though she may have been a Transylvanian noblewoman. She bore his son and heir, Mihnea cel Rau. He married a second time after his period of imprisonment in Hungary. Ilona Szilagyi was the daughter of a Hungarian noble, and she bore him two sons, neither of whom became rulers.

Dracula's wifeSource: Vlad the Impaler: In Search of the Real Dracula, Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:6._Zrinyi_Ilona.jpg
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The name Tepes is Romanian for “the Impaler.” It was a title given to him posthumously.

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Vlad III earned his “Impaler” moniker by killing thousands of Turks and others by the grisly method that he learned during his teens, when he was a political hostage of the Ottoman Empire in Constantinople.

constantinopleSource: Vlad the Impaler: In Search of the Real Dracula, Image: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constantinople#/media/File:Constantinople_1453.jpg
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It’s estimated that Dracula was responsible for the death of more than one hundred thousand people (most of them Turks), making him the single most vicious enemy the Ottoman Empire ever faced.

Source: Vlad the Impaler: In Search of the Real Dracula, Image: https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vlad_III_the_Impaler#/media/File:Tepes4.jpgSource: Vlad the Impaler: In Search of the Real Dracula, Image: https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vlad_III_the_Impaler#/media/File:Tepes4.jpg
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In 1462, while the war between the Ottoman Empire and Dracula’s Wallachia was being waged, Sultan Mehmed II fled with his army, intimidated at the sight of twenty thousand Turkish impaled corpses rotting on the outskirts of Vlad’s capital city of Targoviste.

Sultan Mehmed IISource: Vlad the Impaler: In Search of the Real Dracula, Image: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_campaigns_of_Mehmed_the_Conqueror#/media/File:Sarayi_Album_10a.jpg

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